700-Hour Basic Peace Officer Academy

State Licensed  •  Professional Staff  •  Statewide Training


  • A class “A” Peace Officer License
  • 120 Hour Jail Officer Certification
  • Court Security Officer Certification
  • PPCT Defense Tactics Certification
  • PPCT Ground Avoidance/Ground Escape Certification
  • PPCT Spontaneous Knife/Edged Weapons Defense Certification
  • Handgun/Shotgun Certification
  • Patrol Rifle Certification
  • Less Lethal Munitions Certification
  • TASER Certification
  • OC/Pepper Spray Certification
  • Active Shooter Response Certification
  • Department of Health & Senior Services Basic 1st Responder Certification
  • NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Certification

The MSA 700-Hour Basic Peace Officer Academy exceeds the State of Missouri’s minimum basic training requirements for peace officer licensing.

Most part-time classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays as needed. The course is over 700 hours long and takes approximately 11 months to complete.

Call 573-635-5925 for details.

Policy of Non-discrimination:  MSA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era Veteran in admissions/access to, or treatment/ employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning compliance with the regulations implementing federal legislative requirements should contact the MSA at: 573-635-5925.

Upcoming Classes:



As with many other state-licensed training academies, the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association offers basic peace officer training and continuing education. However, two things set our academy apart from others:

  • Our ability to hold regional part-time classes throughout communities so students can continue to live at home, spend time with their family, and work while attending classes; and
  • Our ability to offer students a wider array of educational and skill building opportunities.

Whether you have your sights set on municipal or county law enforcement, we’ve got you covered. We are the only academy in the state to incorporate jail and court security officer certification into our curriculum.

AGE REQUIREMENT – Must be 19 years of age prior to the start date of the academy.

RESIDENCY – Must be a citizen of the United States.

EDUCATION – Documentary proof of high school education or a “State High School Equivalence” certificate.

VISION – Vision in each eye must be correctable to 20/40.

DRIVER’S LICENSE – Must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of application.

DRUG USE – No illegal drug use within the past ten (10) years.

ARREST RECORD – Not having been previously convicted of a Felony; or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude; (you must disclose if you have ever committed a crime, been detained or arrested).  Felony or misdemeanor arrests or convictions, SIS (Suspended Imposition of Sentence), or S.E.S. (Suspended Execution of Sentence), or involvement in incidents of illegal activity or of moral turpitude may result in disqualifying persons from entering, or remaining in, the MSA program.

APPLICATION PROCESS – Submitting a complete and accurate MSA Basic Training Application packet; Submitting a completed Police Records Check form and successfully passing a criminal fingerprint background check; Submitting the required application fee.

FIREARMS POSSESSION – Must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law;

MILITARY STATUS – Must have an “honorable” discharge or “under honorable conditions” discharge if having served in the military.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS – Trainees must have the physical ability to keep the peace, make a forcible arrest, engage in foot pursuits, control resistance, control aggression, and to protect the public, fellow officers, and himself from physical or lethal force assaults. Trainees must be able to physically generate fluidity, speed, and power — with control.

Trainees will perform a physical fitness assessment consisting of a 1 mile run, One Minute Push-ups, and One Minute Sit-ups.  The assessment will be giving a the beginning of each academy class, at the halfway point, with the final assessment being done during the last 30 days of academy training. Students must participate at their maximum effort for the physical fitness assessment test.  Any student who refuses to participate in the testing or who does not meet the basic requirements of the final physical assessment included in the table below will be dismissed from the academy. (The physical assessment standards included in the table below are effective for academy classes that start after January 1, 2022 only).

 REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION – The MSA will make reasonable accommodations that do not cause an undue burden to the MSA, for the special needs of trainees who:

  • Declare those special needs to the MSA training director, in writing, prior to the beginning of the training program; and
  • Provide certified documentation of the diagnosis of those needs to the training director prior to the start of the program in which the trainee seeks to enroll.

The reasonable accommodation considered would be such as the trainee could utilize and still meet the job task and licensing requirements of the law enforcement profession.

Requests for accommodation that negate the probability of the trainee’s abilities to keep the peace, make a forcible arrest, engage in foot pursuits, control resistance, control aggression, and to protect the public, fellow officers, and him/herself from physical or lethal force assaults will not be approved. Trainees must be able to physically generate fluidity, speed, and power — with control.

Accommodations will not be made to allow exam questions to be read to the trainee.  Consistent with Missouri Department of Public Safety Peace Officer Standards and Training licensing exam protocol, trainees with a diagnosed need will be provided a dictionary and extended testing time.

Attendees of the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association and Training Academy (MSATA) Basic Peace Officer Academy are required to read, understand, and follow the rules established in the Academy Rule Book. Attendees will be required to sign a document indicating they are familiar with the rules and will follow the rules while attending the academy.  Applicants are encouraged to download and review the Academy Rule Book as part of their decision to apply for the MSATA.  All attendees who have been notified that they have been accepted into the MSATA should read and be familiar with the Academy Rule Book prior to their first day of training.  DOWNLOAD THE BASIC TRAINING RULES AND REGULATIONS BOOKLET

700-Hour Basic Peace Officer Academy $5,000.00
Application Processing Fee $275.00 (refundable only if an academy class applying for is canceled due to insufficent applicants; approved applicants will be offered the abiliy to transfer to another academy site if available or receive a refund of the application fee)
Fingerprinting Process (Payable to MACHS Vendor) $41.50

All supplies is an approximate cost. Not included in tuition.

1 pair of BDU pants $50.00
1 pair of black tactical boots (minimum 6″ waterproof) $100.00
Ammunition $1,000.00
Holster $140.00
Duty Belt $60.00
Handcuff Case $30.00
Double Magazine Pouch $40.00
Glock $700.00
Magazines $60.00
Hearing Protection $20.00
Eye Protection $15.00
Tactical Flashlight  (should have a minimum of 50 LUMS and be between 3.5 & 6.5 inches long) $150.00
Athletic Support Cup (for males) $15.00


WIOA (Workforce Investment Opportunity Act.):  The MSATA is a MoJobs ETSP (Education and Training Provider System) approved program elegible for WIOA funding.  The WIOA provides educational funding through several program sources with various qualifications.   Contact your local Missouri Job Center and ask to speak to the WIOA representative in order to see if you qualify for any program funding.

Veterans Educational Assistance Programs:  The MSATA is Veterans Educational Assistance Programs approved program. Veterans of the active duty, reserve, and National Guard may be eligible for funding.  Contact the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development, Veterans Education Programs to see if you qualify.  For assistance contact the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Veterans Commission, Service Officer Locator.   

MSATA Payment Plan:  The MSATA also provides a monthly payment plan to approved Basic Peace Officer Academy trainees.  Contact the MSATA for more information (Additional Fees Apply).

MEMORANDUM – Academy rules require students to submit a memorandum under specific circumstances. Click HERE to submit an electronic memorandum.

ESSAY – Academy rules require students to submit essays under specific circumstances. Click HERE to submit an electronic essay. 

STUDENT EVALUATION OF INSTRUCTOR – Students may use this form to submit their evaluation of an academy instructor, and may be directed to do so on occasion.  Click HERE to submit a Student Evaluation of an Instructor.

UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS (Provided by Student)

  • Black BDU Pants
  • One Pair of Black, Minimum 6” Waterproof Tactical Boots.
  • Running Shoes
  • Shorts/Athletic Apparel
  • Gym Bag
  • Laptop Computer


Students are required to furnish their own handgun and ammunition. Acceptable handguns are semiautomatic between 9mm and 45 calibers. Must be equipped with iron sights.(NO OPTICS, RED DOT, AIM POINT, etc. allowed)

Physical Activity Requirements:
Adopted from RI State Police Academy
(Run Distance Has Been Amended to 1 Mile)


To submit your application to the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Training Academy, FIRST CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION.

The following documents need to be included with your application:

  • Copy of your birth certificate and valid driver’s license;
  • Copy of your high school diploma, college diploma, GED certification;
  • Copy of your DD214 if you were in the military;
  • Basic Training Legal Questionnaire and Authorization Form; and
  • Check or money order for $275.00 (refundable only if academy class applying for has been canceled due to insufficent applicats) made payable to “Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Training Academy” for the processing and application fee.  If for any reason the academy class you are applying for is canceled at no fault to you, you will be giving the option to transfer your application to another academy site or your application fee will be refunded to you.
  • If Reasonable Accommodation is being requested a written declaration requesting what reasonable accommodation is being requested along with certified documentation of the diagnosis of those
  • MACHS Fingerprint collection receipt:  Fingerprint collection must be done no more than 120 days prior to the start date of the academy.
  • Completed applications  with the above documents attached must be received by the MSATA no later than the 15th of the month  prior to the start date of the academy you are  applying for.

Mail your application to:
Missouri Sheriffs’ Association
6605 Business 50 West
Jefferson City, MO 65109-6307

Our Instructors

Academy instructors are working or retired deputies, police officers, highway patrol troopers, federal law enforcement officers,  juvenile officers, judges, firefighters, attorneys and other professionals local to the communities where classes are held. They are licensed and regulated by the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Program, a Division of the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

NO State Funding — NO Telemarketing

The Missouri Sheriffs’ Association is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, supported by membership dues, corporate partnerships, training and conferences.